Cervical cancer jab could replace smear tests

Girls who have the cervical cancer jab may only need screening twice in their lifetime, an expert said today.

The Telegraph

United Kingdom

Rebecca Smith, Health Editor 7:30AM GMT 10 Nov 2010

Cervical cancer should become a “rare disease” thanks to the introduction of the vaccine, said Professor Peter Sasieni, from Queen Mary, University of London.

Prof Sasieni suggests the current smear test programme, which sees women invited for screening every three to five years, could be replaced with HPV testing.

Girls who have the jab when they are 12 or 13 would only need testing for the disease when they are 30 and 45, he said.

The vaccine protects against key strains of the sexually-transmitted infection human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes most cases of cervical cancer.

The HPV test picks up 13 strains of the disease, which account for virtually all cervical cancer cases.

It typically takes over 10 years for a cancer to develop after HPV infection. Research shows that cancer caused by HPV types not prevented by the current vaccines take even longer.

“If you don’t have one of these 13 types of HPV then your chance of getting cervical cancer in the next 10 years is really incredibly low,” Prof Sasieni said.

“You would capture virtually everybody with HPV testing. Vaccinated women would only need to be screened when they are 30 and 45.”

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There are so many misconceptions is this article…I do not even know where to begin. First of all – most women get cervical cancer in their 50’s. Gardasil and Cervarix are only proven to be effective for 5 to 6 years….so what happens between the time of vaccination and when women are 30 to 45? Nothing…only the chance for cervical cancer cells to propagate if pap screening is not done.

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No more propaganda people. It is time for the truth in all things that matter.


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.